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Discussion of extinction-based behavioral sleep interventions for young children and reasons why parents may find them difficult

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posted on 05.04.2018, 00:00 by Hayley Etherton, Sarah Blunden, Y Hauck
The majority of behavioral sleep interventions for young children involve extinction procedures where parents must ignore their child's cries for a period. Many parents have difficulties with this, contributing to attrition, non-compliance, and treatment avoidance. Yet why these methods are difficult to implement has rarely been addressed in the literature. This paper discusses seven potential reasons why parents may find extinction sleep interventions difficult: enduring crying, practical considerations, fear of repercussions, misinformation, incongruence with personal beliefs, different cultural practices, and parent wellness. These reasons are discussed in relation to the current literature. Practicing health professionals and sleep researchers could benefit from an awareness of these issues when suggesting extinction interventions and offering alternatives which may be more appropriate for family circumstances and facilitate parental informed choice.

History

Volume

12

Issue

11

Start Page

1535

End Page

1543

Number of Pages

9

eISSN

1550-9397

ISSN

1550-9389

Publisher

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, USA

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Curtin University

Author Research Institute

Appleton Institute

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

Exports

CQUniversity

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